I’m not really interested in a personal trainer. One of them at my gym runs a class from 5 to 6 in the morning when I workout. Frequently, they occupy space I need to occupy in a rather annoying way. And having watched this same group of people for quite some time, the guys in […]Read more "The Spiritual Beast Within"
I’m always a little surprised at how well I can do at the gym on very little sleep. As I write this, my brain isn’t working so good. It wants to be unconscious, but instead, it finds itself at work with the rest of my body. I’ll explain why I am so wiped out from […]Read more "Starting Week Five in Strength Training and Craving Sleep"
I received a comment on a recent blog post suggesting that for my age, I’m working out too often. I asked the reader to clarify what he meant, but since he hasn’t had the opportunity to respond yet, I started doing a little reading. I remember one of Logan Franklin’s newsletters from Gray Iron Fitness […]Read more "Am I Lifting Weights Too Often?"
I just completed week four of my strength training routine…well, except for tomorrow’s abs and cardio session, but the lifts for the week are done. As I have just finished one-third of my trial period with this program, I found myself wondering what I’m doing to my body. After this morning’s workout, as we were driving […]Read more "What Am I Doing To My Body?"
Today’s workout, as I’ve mentioned before, was a study in weight adjustments, both up and down. This week, I’m doing hack squats at 195 pounds, which as I’ll explain in a moment, is quite a chore, but I’ve also increased the working weight on both my bench press and my bent over rows by five […]Read more "Making Adjustments Up and Down"
About four months ago, I wrote a blog post focused on protein intake, testosterone, and the older (male) weight trainer. This morning when driving into work, I was discussing protein intake with my son and wondering if excess protein would turn to fat. He said whatever protein the body didn’t use to build muscle would […]Read more "The Mystery of How Much Protein is Too Much"
Wow! What a morning. Actually, it began at around midnight when I woke up after four hours and couldn’t get back to sleep. Didn’t help that the missus was snoring like a chainsaw. I went out to the sofa in the living room but basically tossed and turned with a little dozing here and there […]Read more "Starting Week Four in Strength Training"
Don’t feel like I’m doing all that well today. I slept poorly last night, part of it on the sofa. I woke up dreading getting on the bathroom scale and feeling nervous about going to the gym, which is unusual for me. Turns out there were good reasons for both. I’d picked up almost a […]Read more "Why Is Everything Heavier on Friday?"
I’m always a little bummed when I walk into the gym and it’s not a weightlifting day. This is especially true when I look into the weight room and see it’s completely empty. I mean completely empty. The weight room could be mine, all mine. Darn, I have to “rest” today. But I know that […]Read more "Choosing What To Do With Tomorrow"
I was fairly excited to get to “Plan B” again in order to fix some of the problems I had previously. As you may recall, last time I did this workout, I lagged both in the overhead press and the barbell curls. I wanted another crack at them to push past the plateau and basically […]Read more "Progressing Toward Strength and Dodging Plateaus"